Housing Scholarships

There are several Housing Scholarship programs available to Southwestern students. Be aware that all proceeds received through these programs is considered taxable income for federal and state income tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisor.

The Dean Arthur J. Abbott Housing Scholarship

The Dean Arthur J. Abbott Housing Scholarship is a non-renewable scholarship available for select incoming students who lease an apartment in Southwestern's on-campus housing complex, The Residences at 7th. Dean Abbott served as toastmaster at Southwestern’s inaugural graduation ceremony in 1916.

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    Recipients must meet all criteria for on-campus housing, including completing the application, paying the application fee, posting the security deposit for damage to the apartment, meeting credit criteria for rent not covered by the scholarship (which may be through other financial aid funds), and executing the Housing Contract documents, including any Housing Contract renewal documents. The scholarship is for designated apartments (see Housing Office for specifics) at The Residences at 7th only and is not transferable. The scholarship amount is payable in accordance with the Financial Aid Agreement (as defined in and incorporated into the Housing Contract) and is paid directly to the leasing agent by Southwestern. The student is responsible for any remaining balance each month.
    The scholarship award terminates and is not renewable with respect to any unpaid amount if the recipient no longer resides at The Residences at 7th, does not complete any portion of their first year of study, withdraws as a student, graduates (other than the short period through the end of the then current lease term), takes a leave of absence, breaches the Housing Contract, becomes academically disqualified or is found to be in violation of the student honor code. The scholarship is not deferrable if the student defers enrollment. The scholarship is not applicable to damages, whether for physical damage or damages for unpaid rent or future rent in the event of breach of the housing contract, early termination payments, late charges, fines or other amounts payable under the Housing Contract.

    These rules are subject to interpretation by the Director of Financial Aid, subject to appeal to the Chief Financial Officer within five days of the Director’s notification to the student of an interpretation. Southwestern reserves the right to clarify, update or prospectively amend these rules at any time. Housing Contract and Financial Aid Agreement forms are available through the Housing Office.

    Recipients are advised that housing scholarships constitute taxable income for federal and state income tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisor.

  2. About Arthur J. Abbot

    Dean of Southwestern (1915-1920)

    Arthur J. Abbott was born on August 15, 1885, in Clayton, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan, department of Literature, Science and Arts with an A.B. degree in 1909. He later graduated from the University of Michigan Law Department in 1911.

    While at Michigan, Abbott was general manager of the Michigan Alumnus and associate editor of the Michigan Law Review. He also was a member of Delta Sigma Rho debating fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi journalism fraternity, and the Order of the Coif while in law school. He was admitted to the Michigan bar in June 1911, and to the California bar in 1912. He was later admitted to the United States District Court of Southern California.

    Abbott became Dean of Southwestern in 1915, after spending a few years on the faculty teaching Common Law Pleading and Code Pleading. He served as Acting Dean from April 15, 1915 to January 1916, and he became Dean of the Law School in January 1916. According to the Southwestern University Law Review, “Under Dean Abbott’s tenure, the school progressed steadily in every way and now has an enrollment of seventy five students for the year of 1915-1916.” With the law school’s move to the Wilcox building in 1915, he oversaw the addition of 1200 volumes to the library, and publishing of the first issue of the Southwestern University Law Review in 1916. Dean Abbott served as toastmaster at the first graduation ceremonies and banquet held on June 7, 1916, when Betty Trier Berry ’15, Southwestern’s first graduate, was conferred the degree of juris doctor for the academic work she completed the previous year, and B. Rey Schauer ’16 received his degree, becoming Southwestern’s second graduate.

    In 1913, Abbott started the firm Abbott & Pierce with Albert D. Pierce, a classmate from the University of Michigan. As a legal practitioner, Dean Abbott was general counsel for the Los Angeles Ad Club and appeared before the state Judiciary Committee of the Legislature on behalf of the truth in advertising bill. Drafted by Abbott, the bill prohibited false representation in advertising by newspapers, magazines, bill boards, handbills, or any other medium. He remained with the firm until 1920.

    In 1918 during World War I, Dean Abbott took a one year leave of absence from the law school to “engage in war service,” after receiving a “telegraphic offer of appointment to a responsible administrative position,” and served on the staff of the Shipping Board in Washington, D.C. A faculty executive committee was appointed to conduct his duties and the affairs of the law school during his absence. Dean Abbott resigned his position as Dean at Southwestern in May 1920, to return to Detroit to practice law.